Toward a Master Chronology of the Dirty Pair

 

1951

November 7: Takachiho Haruka born in Nagoya, Japan as Takekawa Kimiyoshi

late 1960s

While in high school and college, Takachiho develops notes on the stories that will ultimately become the "Crusher Joe" series

1973

With Yasuhiko Yoshikazu and others, Takachiho founds Studio Nue (named for the Japanese counterpart of the Western chimera), "an improbable studio doing improbable things"

1977

3 November: The first Crusher Joe novel, Rentai Wakusei Pizan no Kiki (Crisis on Solidarity Planet Pizan), is published: Takachiho's debut (CJ1)

1978?

On a visit to Japan, SF author A. Bertram Chandler is taken to a women's wrestling match, featuring the Beauty Pair, by T. and two Studio Nue assistants, Tanaka Yuri and Otoguro Keiko; some unspecified incident moves Chandler to remark something to the effect that "those two are the Beauty Pair and you two are the Dirty Pair"; as T. was to comment later, "it gave me an idea".

3 January: Gekimetsu! Uchuu Kaizoku no Wana <Destruction! Space Pirates' Trap> (CJ2)

3 April: Ginga Keisaigo no Hiho <Treasure at the End of the Galaxy> (CJ3)

3 July: Ankoku Jashinkyou no Doukutsu <Cave of the Dark Demon Cult> (CJ4)

3 December: Ginga Teikoku e no Yabou <Ambition for Galactic Empire> (CJ5)

1979

A short story and a novella by T. relating investigations by WWWA Trouble Consultants Yuri and Kei, the Lovely Angels, are serialized in SF Magajin.

3 June: Jimmen Majuu no Chousen <Challenge of the Demon-beast with a Human Face> (CJ6)

1980

May: the two stories are collected into a single book as Daatipea no Daibouken (Great Adventures of the Dirty Pair)

At Tokon VII, Daatipea no Daibouken wins the Seiun Award (analogous to the American Hugo Award) for Best Short Story

1981

Possibly as a response to this, a set of three connected stories in Takahashi Rumiko's manga, Urusei Yatsura, features a pair of kunoichi (female ninjas) who bear an interesting resemblance to Yasuhiko's drawings of a certain pair of WWWA trouble consultants

1982

2 April: the second half of the "Spring Break" special of the broadcast anime version of Urusei Yatsura re-tells the aforementioned manga stories; the resemblance of Kumade and Mukade to the Yasuhiko Pair is now even more evident, allowing for a swap of hair colors; their mannerisms and involvement in the plotline are a wonderfully satirical caricature of the characters from Daibouken

1983

1 March: Utsukushiki Maou <Beautiful Devil> (CJ7)

 

12 March: the epic Crusher Joe movie (running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.) premieres; this marks the first appearance in animation of Kei and Yuri as themselves (in Yasuhiko's designs); their thirty seconds' worth of cameos, about halfway through the film, creates enough excitement to make worthwhile the notion of launching a Dirty Pair series

 

30 April: Koushoku no Jigoku <The Spectrum of Hell> (CJ Special Volume)

1984

Hosono Fujihiko, who had been drawing a manga based on the Crusher Joe stories since 1979, prepares a set of character designs for the Pair; these are significant, as they mark an evolution toward the ones familiar to Classic DP fans (Hosono appears to have given Kei her trademark headband)

30 July: final designs for the Classic characters as we know them are approved

1985

15 July - 26 December: 24 of the 26 episodes of the "Classic" Dirty Pair anime, produced by Sunrise, are broadcast through Nihon Terebi; the character designs are based on Hosono's, as re-processed by Dokite Tsukasa to be somewhat more cute and cartoonish

August: the second Dirty Pair novel, Daatipea no Daigyakuten ("The Dirty Pair Strike Again" -- literally, DP's Great Return, or Reversal) is published

20 December: the 55-minute OVA, Affair of Nolandia, is released by Bandai Visual to appear concurrently with the appearance of the first set of TV episodes on videotape; the movie is planned and executed in the space of four-and-a-half months with non-fans of the TV series in mind; hence, the story is written with the "hard SF" flavor of the novels and the character designs by Dokite are rendered in a more realistic style; then, as now, this story was less popular with "Classic" fans; future "Classic" episodes return to the character designs used on television

A pink cassette of music from Nolandia is included with the OVA tape

1986

January: the DP Mook includes the only "original comic" ever published, outside of Warren's works; it is a short, six-page spoof of famous stories from around the world and is generally overlooked today

At DaiCon V, Daatipea no Daigyakuten wins a Seiun Award for Best Novel

30 December: Doruroi no Arashi <Tempest on Dolroy> (CJ Side Story 1)

1987

1 January: the two unbroadcast TV episodes are released by VAP as Raburii Enzeru Yori Ai o Komete ("From the Lovely Angels with Love")

14 March: the 81-minute theatrical film, Daatipea (also known variously as "Project E.D.E.N." and "Pink Typhoon"), is released; the soundtrack album appears simultaneously

March: the third Dirty Pair novel, Daatipea no Dairansen (Dirty Pair's Rough and Tumble) is published; the story is Kei's re-telling of the Crusher Joe novel published the previous December, Doruroi no Arashi (Tempest on Dolroy), from the Pair's perspective, in which they meet Crusher Dan, Joe's father, in 2141; this story-telling approach creates a sensation in Japan

20 August: the English translation, by David Lewis, of Daatipea no Daibouken is published in the Kodansha English Library (volume 30)

21 December: the first set of two OVA episodes out of five sets in all is released on a monthly basis through 20 April 1988 by VAP

1988

21 August: the soundtrack album for the OVA episodes is released

21 December: the CD single for Ru-Ru-Ru Russian Roulette and Space Fantasy is released

December: Eclipse Comics begins publication of Adam Warren and Toren Smith's Biohazards through April of 1989

1989

June: Eclipse Comics begins publication of Adam Warren and Toren Smith's Dangerous Acquaintances through March of 1990

3 November: Akurou Toshi Kukuru <Kukul, City of Evil> (CJ8, part 1)

 

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